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Struggling in US, F-35 fighter pushes sales abroad

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

TOKYO -- Detractors say the F-35 stealth fighter, the costliest military plane ever, is destined to go down as one of the biggest follies in aviation history. But it may have found a savior: deep-pocketed U.S. allies hungry to add its super high-tech capabilities to their arsenal.

 

 

St. Louis hosts first big parade on Iraq War's end

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

ST. LOUIS -- Since the Iraq War ended there has been little fanfare for the veterans returning home. No ticker-tape parades. No massive, flag-waving public celebrations.

 

 

Prison dilemma: surging numbers of older inmates

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

NEW YORK -- In corrections systems nationwide, officials are grappling with decisions about geriatric units, hospices and medical parole as elderly inmates -- with their high rates of illness and infirmity -- make up an ever increasing share of the prison population.

 

 

Obama decries rising cost of college education

Posted 1/27/2012 in National

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- President Barack Obama called Friday for an overhaul of the higher education financial aid system, warning that colleges and universities that fail to control spiraling tuition costs could lose federal funds.

 

 

Foreclosures made up 20 percent of home sales in third quarter

Posted 1/26/2012 in National

LOS ANGELES -- Foreclosures made up a smaller slice of all U.S. homes sold in last year's third quarter, as banks delayed placing properties for sale and home sales slowed.

 

 

Report: Taxpayers still owed $133B from bailout

Posted 1/26/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- Companies that were bailed out during the financial crisis still owe U.S. taxpayers nearly $133 billion. Treasury's plans to recoup that money have been slowed by the volatile stock market and weakness among smaller banks. Some of the money will never be recovered.

 

 

Pentagon: Army, Marines to shrink as budget slows

Posted 1/26/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon outlined a plan Thursday for slowing the growth of military spending, including cutting the size of the Army and Marine Corps, retiring older planes and trimming war costs. It drew quick criticism from Republicans, signaling the difficulty of scaling back defense budgets in an election year.

 

 

Sundance documentary 'The Invisible War' examines rape in US military, lack of prosecution

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

PARK CITY, Utah -- The Department of Defense estimates that more than 19,000 military men and women were sexually assaulted by fellow troops in 2010 while serving in the United States armed forces. At least 20 percent of servicewomen and 1 percent of men -- an estimated 500,000 troops -- have experienced sexual trauma while serving.

 

 

Council finds a growing number of states move to weaken teacher tenure

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire teachers who aren't performing. A few states have essentially nullified tenure protections altogether, according to an analysis being released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

 

 

Convicted Marine apologizes to Iraqi civilians

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- When Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich finally spoke in court, he did not address the judge but instead directed his words at the Iraqi family members who survived his squad's attacks in 2005 that left 24 unarmed civilians dead.

 

 

Obama speech echoes in town with failed factory

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

MOBERLY, Mo. -- After 19 years running state unemployment offices across northern Missouri, Steve Moore can rattle off the names of shuttered factories in this old railroad town with ease.

 

 

Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.

 

 

Marine denies firing at Iraqi women and children

Posted 1/24/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.

 

 

Alabama hit again by tornadoes; 2 dead, 100 hurt

Posted 1/24/2012 in National

OAK GROVE, Ala. -- Knowing this community's history of tornadoes, Jhan Powers gets nervous anytime violent weather rolls in. While her house was spared this time, a tornado demolished nearby mobile homes -- all of which were just a short drive from a path of destruction cut just last year by a deadly twister.

 

 

Black Women in America: Peeling Back the Labels

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

 

 

Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

2 dead, 100 hurt in Alabama as storms pound South

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

CLAY, Ala. -- Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.

 

 

Supreme Court ruling confuses religious workers

Posted 1/21/2012 in National

DETROIT -- Aleeza Adelman teaches Jewish studies at a Jewish school, yet she considers herself a teacher whose subject is religion, not a religious teacher. She's rethinking how to define her job after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling left her wondering what could happen if she ever needed to defend her right to keep it.

 

 

Former trailblazer Kodak files for Chapter 11

Posted 1/19/2012 in National

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Kodak's moment has come and gone. The glory days when Eastman Kodak Co. ruled the world of film photography lasted for over a century. Then came a stunning reversal of fortune: cutthroat competition from Japanese firms in the 1980s and a seismic shift to the digital technology it pioneered but couldn't capitalize on. Now comes a wistful worry that this icon of American business is edging toward extinction.

 

 

Police chiefs meet at WH to discuss terror fight

Posted 1/18/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists.

 

 

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